The bathroom is a high-traffic area in any home, and keeping it clean can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Here are a few simple tips for cleaning the bathroom to keep it looking great with minimal effort.

Gather Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

Get started by gathering your regular cleaning supplies. You’ll want to have a few basics, including a mop, microfiber cloth, antibacterial wipes, glass/shower cleaner, and bleach spray.

Do a Little at a Time

Instead of one weekly cleaning, clean your bathroom a little every day. Keep antibacterial wipes in the bathroom cabinet for easy access, and wipe down the sink and counters once daily. Choose one area, such as the toilet, bathtub, or floor, to clean on a daily rotation. Every time you leave the bathroom, glance around to see if items are cluttering the surfaces and put them back where they belong.

Take Out the Trash

Take out the bathroom trash regularly to prevent overflow and an unsightly appearance. Choose a day of the week or set a reminder on your phone to empty the trashcan.

Launder the Bathmat

Bathmats can be a source of unpleasant odors and mold. If the bathmat is dirty, the room will never feel clean. Read the care tag for laundering instructions and toss it in when you wash a load of towels. If it’s not machine washable, sprinkle baking soda on the mat and let it sit for about 45 minutes before vacuuming. The baking soda helps to absorb moisture and odors.

Clean Behind the Toilet

When mopping the bathroom, don’t overlook the area behind the toilet. Use a disinfectant cleaner to remove dirt and grime for a deeper clean.

Organize the Space When Cleaning the Bathroom

A clean bathroom starts with clutter-free surfaces. Go through items in your medicine cabinet and bathroom closets and dispose of anything that is expired or you no longer use. Use under-the-sink bins to organize cleaning supplies and extra body care products.

Polish the Fixtures

Shiny faucets and shower fixtures go a long way in making your bathroom look clean and sanitary. Combine a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, apply to the fixtures, and wipe them clean with a paper towel or cloth. Use an old toothbrush to scrub drains and hard-to-reach areas.

Cleaning the Bathroom Mirrors

At least once or twice a week, spray glass cleaner on your mirrors and wipe with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine. At the same time, check the walls around the medicine cabinet for dirt or smudges you can quickly wipe away.

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